PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Richmond junior Natalia Chaney scored just over a minute into the overtime period to lift the No. 6 Spiders to a 10-9 victory over third-seeded Duquesne Dukes in the first game of the Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship at DUQ's Rooney Field.
With the win, Richmond will take on No. 2 George Mason in Friday's first semifinal game at 1:00 pm. The Patriots edged out the Spiders 9-8 in their last meeting on Apr. 3.
Chaney led the Spiders (8-9) out of the gate, scoring just 13 seconds after the opening draw, followed by Brooke Wilson, who gave UR a 2-0 advantage minutes later.
The Dukes (9-8) rattled off a trio of unassisted goals from Jill Vacanti, Kaelin Shaw, and Tess Drotar go ahead 3-2. The teams would trade goals throughout the remainder of the half, with UR taking a 7-5 advantage into the break.
Duquesne's Tess Drotar netted a pair of second half goals to kickstart the offense, before Vacanti tied the game at 9-9, where it would stay for the remaining twenty minutes, forcing the overtime period. With seconds winding down, Richmond fired off a shot that was stopped by DUQ's goalie, Jenna Bishop.
The Spiders won the crucial draw control to open the extra period, allowing them to set up in their offensive end, firing off two unsuccessful shots before Chaney cut towards the goal, shooting low past Bishop for her 36th goal on the season.
UR outshot the Dukes, 31-16, and also held the advantage on draw controls, 16-5. Bishop registered 10 saves for Duquesne, while Michaela Aymong registered two stops.